April 17th 6:30-9:30
April 18th 11-3
Show open April 5th - 30th
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Gallery Weekends Art Exhibits
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Our Next Show!!
Curated by Christy LaRoy
I am now a middle aged woman, I have been an artist for at least 20 years...
In my adventure of life I have had so may phases, and have learned from each one.
I have also been a Christian my whole life. And am a huge fan of God's creation. When I am in my studio sculpting people I think about God sculpting us. How did he decide to make us each look different. Does he have a personal hand in each of our designs, or do some trained by God angels do the work, and he oversees it.
I think of God creating when I think of the millions of different life forms on our planet and how each are different, the different zones on earth, the planets and solar systems, and each sunrise and sunset.
Those of us who are Christians feel that connection to God when we are creating, because we are created in his image. I have invited several other Christians...possibly all women to join me in this show. And we choose to open the show during April, which is Easter Month this year.
Or gallery is also in the process of moving so we do not have a starting date yet..but subscribing to our newsletter will help you stay on top of our opening date, and other fun events and classes at the gallery!
If you would like to be a part of this show please email us.
Could Frida be a more captivating artist!
One of the reasons why some of us Michiganers love Frida is because she spent a little time here in Michigan while Deago was painting murals.
I love her because of her strength, and spirit. She had a ton of crap thrown at her in life, and she got back up every time. She struggled, and still stayed strong to who she was as an individual.
And she used her art as therapy! From painting in her hospital bed, to working out thoughts about life, and dealing with miscarriages. Frida used her art to heal herself and express herself.
We are still taking artists for this show! Any work that is in representation of Frida...like your version of one of her iconic self portraits, or a piece of work you have used to heal, or is full of strong symbolization will be accepted!
Email us your work to
This is our Juried show!
It costs $30 to enter, but it helps us to raise money for youth programs in the gallery! As artists we all know how amazing it is to be an artist! But in our local community there are few art activities for our youth!
This show helps us to provide opportunities for the youth to have art experiences, take classes, and be inspired!
Oh and we get sponsors for the show too! So there are awards for the artists entering the show!
1st place is $250
2nd place is $150
3rd place is $100
The theme is Michigan Road Trip!!!
It can be anything you can relate to a Michigan Road trip, maybe the up north forests, maybe the beaches, maybe the family piled into your overstuffed vehicle! Or maybe it's a girls trip to a concert, or a weekend at the dunes....or whatever your mind can come up with when you think of the theme Michigan Road trip!
The submissions will be in July...stay tuned for a final date!
Past Gallery Weekend Exhibits
The Michigan Love Show
A huge thanks to LaRoy Door for sponsoring our show, providing awards for local artists and helping us start our Free Teen Open Studio Nights Program!!!
The Show hangs through September
The Gallery is open
And Saturday's 11-3
The gallery will be closed Labor Day weekend
Betzi is back at the gallery with a new show!! She still has the same style, but has fun new subjects!!
Friday March 2nd 5-7pm
show hangs from March 2nd-31st
Gallery hours are
Open for viewing
Meet Mary Saturday February 17th 1-3pm
Create your own snowflake with Mary Saturday February 17th 3pm,
$10 per person, please register on our website
Mary brought her beautiful snowflakes back to the gallery! Mary's snowflakes are created from her fun imagination and paper. She designs each one uniquely and meticulously hand cuts each one frequently taking months to complete each piece.
The Christmas Show!!
Gallery Retail Hours are
Friday December 8th 11-6
Saturday December 9th 11-5
Friday December 15th 11-9 with the reception 6-9
Saturday December 16th 11-6
At 6pm the Magic in Monroe Christmas Festival Parade begins, we will close for the parade then we will be open for a while after the parade.
Our last day of shopping before Christmas is December 21st 11-7
$30 Rock Sale
Friday October 13th
The Rock Sale is the Gallery's most successful fundraiser. When we first opened we held our first rock sale, which helped us get the gallery going. Now The Rock Sale helps us stay open by providing us more revenue towards our operating costs.
Last year the gallery had operating costs of $20,402.00....not including any salary for anyone that works at the gallery.
The gallery provides a local venue for local artists to sell and display their work, as well as providing local artists a space to teach. It also helps to grow art appreciation in our community through rotating art displays and classes for children and adults. Children who already have a passion for art, and adults who have always wanted to pursue the dream they could paint something they could admire have taken classes here. And have grown in skill, creativity, and technique. We have planted a loving seed of art appreciation in the hearts of many.
We depend on the community to keep us going. Your support helps us pay our bills and keeps new art coming and new classes to be scheduled.
So for anyone who doesn't know how the rock sale works, we will open the doors at 6pm Friday October 13th. When you come in we will have several clay rocks you can purchase for $30 each. Every rock has a number engraved on it and it matches one of the pieces of art that has been selected for the rock sale. The piece of art that matches your rock's number is your new piece of art!! 50% of the items in the Rock Sale are $30 or above. So you will have a 50% chance to go home with something retailed at the equal value you paid. Items in the sale are priced $20-$800. So you may go home with a set of wine glasses, a mug or two, or you may go home with a new valuable piece of art that only cost you $30!
We will also have light refreshments, drinks, hopefully music, and a lot of fun. And we are right next door to the 129 Lounge so the after party will be over there, all are welcome!! They also have a large amount of original artwork hanging on their walls organized by the MoMac.
And don't forget this could be a great Date Night or Ladies Night Out too!! We have some wonderful restaurants in town like Amayas, Lychee Garden, McGeady's, and The Public House! All of them have delicious food worthy of an evening out on the town!!!
The Art Insight Emporium and Christy LaRoy's Centered Studio are not a 501(c)3, any donation is not considered a tax exemption.
If you cannot make it to the event, you can still support the cause, by donating at least $30. Your item will be saved and donated to a charrity's auction table!!
Friday November 3rd
Come to the gallery and see David's new paintings, and some of his other favorite pieces. David is one of Monroe's favorite artists. He has shown at the gallery every year since we have opened and it is always fun to see the new work he has created. An amazing artists, he has been awarded countless achievements and yet every year we are always stunned at his new masterpieces!
So join us in celebrating David's newest works, and have some fun in Downtonw Monroe. We will have light refreshments, drinks, and we are located next door to the 129 Lounge, where we will end up after the show!
There are also many wonderful places to eat in Downtown Monroe, we have Amaya's, Lychee Garden, The Public House, and McGeady's. So make a night out on the town and visit us at the AIE then have a fun evening at one of the neighboring businesses!!
The Christmas Show!!!
Friday December 15th
Every year the AIE holds a Christmas show with some of it's past Featured Artists. We are still curating the show, more details will be avaiable soon!
MCCC Student Show
Nothing can prepair a person for their future like experiance can. The AIE inviged the college students of Monroe County Community College to show thier work in our gallery.
Cureated by Tarese O'Hallen and David Heil the student show will exhibit a select group of students from our college
candance Hardy and Nate Masternak
Show hangs from April 1st-29th
Gallery Weekend Reception Friday April 28th 5-7pm
Regular gallery hours
Candace is a colored pencil artist, Ohio Native, who creates mostly portraits. But has also been an illustrator for authors, and several online children’s magazines. She is passionate about working with colored pencils since 2000, and has taken many workshops, and traveled around the region sharing her work in galleries and juried shows. Her work is intriguing she has an interesting and unique view of her subjects and a style heavily influenced by the 1930’s and 40’s in American culture.
Candace’s Artist Statement
I think of my work as being narrative in style and have a great love of sharing stories of my personal past as well as American history and culture through this medium. I am never happier than when creating a piece which evokes emotion of a by-gone era, my favorites being the 1930’s and 40’s, particularly wartime America. What better stories to tell than the human experience, particularly the American experience so well archived in the Library of Congress collections. The raw photographic images in black and white or sepia lend themselves to the imagination as they are fleshed out in color.
My medium of choice, colored pencil, is perfectly suited to this expression as layer upon layer is applied discovering the truth of the experience being portrayed.
Thank you so much for all your efforts, Nate and I look forward to showing at Art Insight Emporium.
Nate is a Michigan native, raised in Toledo, and was home schooled. It is clear his family had appreciation for art as he took several classes outside of the home including classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and was part of their Young Artist Program. You may have seen some of Nate’s work around Toledo he has a studio at the Secor Building and had completed murals such as the Cherry Street Mission Mural and The Sofia Quintero Center Mural. Nate’s work is interesting, he uses a collage composition while attempting to capture the internal significance of his subjects while exploring destiny, emotions, energy, society, and culture
Nate’s Artist Statement
Greek philosopher Aristotle once said: “The aim of art is to represent not external appearance of things but their internal significance.” Ever since I learned of Aristotle proclaiming this, it has been a defining quote to work by. Even though there have been times where I have created works of art with contents that are merely images to enjoy without a deeper internal significance, I have primarily made conceptual pieces that explore: destiny, emotions, energy, society, culture, the ideas I have had as well as those of others, life itself, memories, science, morals, fiction among other things.
I also have a signature style which I more often than not use to portray and exude great amounts of energy and emotion. I feel that art is something that literally lives through me.
The Christmas Show
We still have our Christmas Show Up, so if you have missed it you have until the end of March. It was a wonderful show with a lot of very tallented artists.
Come in and visit or shop druing our regualr retail hours
Gallery Weekend Reception
Saturday February 20th 6:30-9:30
Becca Cochran's work will be hanging at the Art Insight Emporium until March 12th. Becca's work is different from any other artist’s work we have had at the gallery to date. Becca has a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Studio Painting and Art History from the University of Toledo, she also studied at Adrian College and Monroe County Community College, she uses her degrees here at the Art Insight Emporium by teaching our wonderful Children Paint like a Master class where she teaches ...kids about the past Masters of Art and gives them an Art History lesson in each class then teaches them to paint their own painting inspired by that artist's work.
Becca's work is very bold, and full of expression. She uses strong contrasting colors and plays with the forms of her subjects to convey thoughts and emotions. Many times her work shows a surrealistic style.
Becca describes her work as "an expression of the human condition through the distortion of form and deployment of strong color and texture that convey a variety of emotions, yearnings and interactions. They are intended to invoke emotional responses that create a dialogue of personal relationships, interactions and desires that relate to personal experiences. “All souls are on a human journey”, comments Becca. She hopes that through her art she can help define the personal journey, even in a
She is influenced by modern greats such as Willem De Kooning, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Andy
Warhol and Roy Lichenstein. “Willem De Kooning, in particular afflicted me. His paintings are
mesmerizing, haunting and so expressive. Because of the freedom the abstract expressionists painted
with, I was able to open my mind and free myself from the restrictions of reality. This was a turning
point for my art and I have not looked back since.”
Recently Becca began a professional relationship with Art Insight Emporium as a teaching artist. She is
particularly interest in mentoring children in the visual arts. She created and is teaching the “Paint Like a
Master Class”. This class focuses on a master painting artists and their style. She educates the children
on the art movement the particular artist founded or was a part of while talking about artistic visual
basics such as color theory, composition and rhythm. She then gives a guided session in creating a
painting inspired by the Master Artist.
GalleryReception April 2nd 7:30
131 East Front St Downtonw Monroe MI
Bring a copy of our add to the Public House for a dinner special before the show and head over to the 129 lounge next door after the show for drink specials!!
Show hangs from March 14th - April 16th
This week I hung Karl Wertanen’s work at the Gallery, while getting my supplies ready to hang the show Karl unloaded his truck. I heard him mention that possibly he brought too many items for the show, which is something I have heard from Artists before, and I always find a way to hang it all. Then I turned around and saw everything that Karl had brought, and it was true he had brought too many pieces. But we worked hard and figured out a way to beautifully hang as many as we could at the gallery. And now that it is all up, I have to say it is an impressive show!!!
So far this week we have had a handful of classes and with each person walking through the door I have been loving watching the reaction they have, it is instant recognition of the new show and then they are immediately sucked into the body of bold beautiful and colorful images.
With each of the classes we have taken a few mo
ments to appreciate Karl’s work and to talk a little about the difference between a digital photographer and a film photographer. Now both are talented techniques, I don’t want to get into trouble with any of the digital photographer friends of mine when I say this, but explaining how a film photographer takes their time and sits in a moment and really gets absorbed at the scene and patiently waits for the moment of the perfect photograph to appear, this is one of the biggest reasons why I love my job.
I get to remind people in this fast paced busy world that we need patients; we need moments of dedication to something that isn’t done quickly but takes time to create and evolve. And Karl is the perfect example of this. He is basically self-taught, he was inspired to give photography a try, and then learned over many years how to capture a beautiful moment of reality with his camera. In his Artists statement he explains his process and the years it took to evolve. He shares with us that he has learned over the years to capture light through a dark evening. And when you come into the Gallery and look at his work those night images are stunning, the amount of colors he is able to capture is remarkable. Karl took the time over the years to learn how to capture light in darkness, how to find a great composition, and how to process his capturing moments on a beautiful high quality canvas. And to do this over and over again he has to take the time to find the subject, and then he waits for the moment, the perfect moment when the light is just right to save it and share it with all of the viewers of his work.
Show hangs May 22n - June 25th
Reception June 4th 6-9pm
Watercolor Portraits, Figure, and Landscapes
Susan has shown at the gallery once before now she is back displaying her award winning portraits. She is an extreamly gifted artist, pulling her tallent from within. She is able to capture her the moment when she paints her subjects, and her use of color is bold, but beautiful.
Susan will be teaching a few classes in the fall make sure to sing up for her classes! I have taken both of her workshops, since watercolor painting is what I focoused on in College, along with clay. And I have to say she is a really great teacher! She taught science for her profession, so she has years of experiance teaching, and is able to use those skills when she teaches watercolor painting.
Gallery reception is Friday July 15th 6-9pm
The show hangs July 11 - August 8th
The after party will be next door at the 129 Lounge!
David is back at the gallery with his newest work! So far everyone who has been in the gallery has been stunned by his new pieces! They are beautiful, restful, and full of depth, precision, and tallent.
Art and visual perceptions have always been an essential force in Dannica’s life. As a teen she won an art competition that resulted in an opportunity for her to study at the Toledo Museum of Art. She continued her study at Monroe County Community College
Dannica returned to painting after 20 years and rediscovered her passion. Although well versed in a variety of mediums, her current enthusiasm is for oils and watercolors. She particularly loves the quality of light and color of the water medium.
Dannica continued her artistic education studying on her own and with noted artists such as Judi Betts, Ted Nuttal, Carla O’Connor, Steven Assael, Mark Mehaffey and Bridget Austin who encouraged her to start exhibiting her work.
Encouraged by her instructors she began exhibiting her work in juried art competitions. She has garnered many top awards for her paintings. Of note is The Doug Pasek Award and Bronze Medal Award in the Ohio Watercolor Society, a Merit and Golden Artists Award in the Southern Watercolor Society, and Third place in Florida Watercolor Society. She was recently contacted by the Naples Museum of Art for one of her paintings for their “Florida Contemporary: Paintings and Photographs” exhibition. Also one of her paintings was selected for publication in Splash 11: New Directions, a book showcasing the best contemporary watercolors.
Her paintings continue to win awards in juried shows and are in many private and corporate collections across the United States.
You can see Dannica’s work at Fine Line Designs Gallery in Ephraim, WI. or at dannicawalker.com
Gallery reception is Saturday October 15th 6-9pm
The show hangs from September 13th - October 15th
Regular Retial Hours are,
The show hangs from
January 8th -30th
The Gallery is open
Tuesday's 9-12am, Thursday's 6:30-9
Friday's 12-5:30, and Saturday's 11-3
Mary's Gallery reception is Thursday night January 28th 6:30-9
Mary's Snowflake class is Wednesday January 27th 6:45-8:00
Register on one of our classes page!
Mary is a paper artist who has a bachlors degree in drawing from the University of Toledo, but she has mastered creating beautiful, elegant, and entertaining snowflakes out of paper. Her snowflakes take her about 2 months to create. She invets a story, then designs and draws out the imagery, then she cuts each piec of paper into a two dimentional hanging sculpture. When you come to see her work, you will first see the wall of beautiful snowflake with graceful lines, and elegant shapes, framed boldly in black and white frames. Then you will want to start at one end of the room and take a closer look. As you aproace the beautiful snowflakes you start to see images, then you see more details, and more images. Then you find yourself just standing there with amazement that she was able to cut each piece and detail into the snowflake. Then you will move onto the next piece and all over again you will be amazed and excited. In many of Mary's pieces she uses wimsical themes so you can't help but to laugh. Other pieces don't have an amusing theme, but are just absolutly beautiful and amazing.
I cannot believe it is finally happening!!!
We have finally moved over to the new location!!! And we are now in the Holiday Season!!! So it’s time for the Christmas Show!!!!!!! And that means filling the gallery with tons of art!!!! I have created several new pieces, and am inviting back all of the Gallery Weekend Artists who have shown work through 2015, and we will have a few other people who we are doing projects with displaying work here too!
The Gallery will be open
Opening Day Saturday
November 21st 11 am – 7:30 pm
this is also the Christmas Festival in Downtown Monroe
Our regular hours are,
Tuesday’s 9-noon, I welcome anyone who wants to paint or work on art journaling
Thursday’s 6:30-9 open retail and open studio time, come and paint with me!
Friday’s Noon – 5:30
Gallery Weekend Christmas Show Reception Saturday
December 12th 5:30 – 10pm
Regular hours Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and Friday’s
Saturday December 19th 11am – 7pm
Monday December 21st 5 – 8pm
Tuesday December 22nd 5 – 8pm
Artists Showing work at the Gallery for the Christmas Show will be,
And more artists!!!!
The Christmas Show
The Student Show!!!!!
Friday June 19th 6:30-9:30
Gallery Weekend Reception and Meet the Artist
Saturday June 20th 11-3
Meet the Artist
The Show hangs at the AIE
June 13th -July 4th
Retail hours are Saturday's 11-3
and we welcome people in
Thursday's during Open Studio Time 6:30-9
We are also open by appointment 734-693-6226
From a Boy to the Butler, David Larkins Gallery Weekends show features work spanning his lifetime as an artist. Work completed in the 70’s when he was a young boy to work completed this past year and every decade in-between. You can see the progress David made over the decades, see how his style changed and his medium. He began with acrylics, went deep into watercolor, even being featured in the coveted Watercolor Magazine. Then he went back to acrylics which was what he used when he was accepted into the Butler last year.
This show is a unique show for the AIE, we usually feature an artist with their most recent work, all originals, and their best pieces. This show is different, there are a few prints hanging on the walls because the originals are already purchased, and there are a few pieces David is keeping for himself. This show is meant to educate and inspire the viewer.
You will see that David is clearly gifted with the skill and talent of painting. Had he not practiced every day and given his talent patience and time he never would have evolved to what he is today. I am sure there are many pieces David has let go over the years or pieces he left at home that would show a little more struggle, but it is obvious the amount of work and effort he put into evolving with each piece. The pieces he selected were pieces from each decade that showed a new milestone, advancement, or change in his work.
There are many originals at the show for sale as well as many prints. But we are hoping we will have many people coming in to view his evolution, and read the cards and stories that go along with the pieces. We hope to inspire the youth to invest time and patience to grow their hearts desires whether it is in art or other talents and interests they may have.
Gallery Weekend Reception and Meet the Artist
Saturday July 18th 4-8pm
Show hangs July 11th-August 1st
This is the AIE’s first photography show, and I am so excited to have Sylvia Ford as our first, she has AMAZING photography! She has very strong images, she captures mood in each shot. Her signatures are interesting angles and strong skies full of contrasting clouds. She is an amazing photographer, who is takes the time to do her craft well, and uses the best of products. All of her photography is on acid free paper, she uses high end frames, mats, and glass. Her work is truly perfect and she is becoming a very credited artist.
I met Sylvia years ago and was recently surprised that I had met her early on in her photography journey, she seemed so refined even then. She seems to be a natural with composition and capturing the beauty of her subject. She works in black and white mostly, although she has some beautiful colors too. She is able to snap a present day moment and make it instantly look iconic. She uses digital images, and prints all of her work herself on her high end digital printer, she then takes the care and time to matt and frame all of her herself.
You will want to come in and see her show, she has some beautiful imagery from Monroe and from out of town. And if you get a chance to come Friday July 17th 5:30-9 (during the Downtown Monroe Wine Crawl) or Saturday July 18th 4-9, it will be a special treat for you because she will be in the gallery and she loves to tell the story of each piece, where it is taken and why she feels each image is amazing. She really lights up when she speaks about each photograph.
We also have some small prints of her work and some fun items like cutting boards with her images on them.
Lucy and Andy Ingels
Friday May 15th 6:30-9:30 Reception
Come out to the AIE and visit Lucy and Andy Ingels, they are husband and wife but their work is only shares common traits of creativity, happiness, and beauty.
Lucy is a paper artist who creates exciting smaller pieces of art with bold colors, and positive messages. She creates one of a kind original paper pieces, as well as original collages. Lucy describes her work as….
My journey into the art world began as a child with a love for gluing this...sequins, beads, yarn, glitter, gravel...onto that...wood, cardboard, boxes, cloth and felt. My second love was reading...books, billboards, magazines and cereal boxes...anything with words. Many years have been spent collecting inspirational words like a literary magpie and developing my own style of art infused with whimsy.
All art is made entirely by hand and incorporates a saying or proverb that conveys a jewel of wisdom. I work on canvas paper and watercolor paper in a variety of mediums that include acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil, watercolor pencil, ink and anything else that intrigues me. Whimsical embellishments and doo-dads are added to make each one of a kind piece.
The Faith Pennies collection reminds us to have faith because God is always with us. Knowing this, we have all we will ever need...guidance, strength, peace, courage and love. Every penny I spot and pick up, reminds me that God is with me.
Andy is a strong painter, his paintings are considered more in the realistic style, but then he frames them with beautiful mosaics which he uses glass pieces that are colored to enhance and complement the piece. He also includes a piece that is three dimensional in the frames that coordinates with the subject of the painting.
Many of Andy's paintings are based on photographs he has taken in Upper Michigan. He enjoys painting beaches, light houses, and images from nature.
Andy has dabbled in the arts over the years, but it wasn't until his children left for college, that he delved wholeheartedly into painting and mosaics.
Homes of Monroe!!! One Weekend Show!!!
Friday May 1st 5-pm
Saturday May 2nd Noon -4
Come out to the AIE the weekend of May 1st and 2nd and view many of Linda’s beautiful homes she has painted from across Monroe County. This show is only for one weekend so you will want to make sure you mark it on your calendar! Linda is a local pen and ink artists, her work are beautiful, and delicately done.
For this show Linda will be offering a chance to win a basket of Monroe Goods for people who are able to identify the streets the houses are located at!
My passion for Art drives me to keep painting as well as the enjoyment I see on my client’s faces when I deliver the finished painting.
Starting as a young child, I drew pictures and painted every subject I could see. My Aunt Norma, a Toledo Artist, saw talent in me and provided the art supplies I needed. Her belief in me was life changing and so far I have produced over 300 paintings of homes in Monroe and across the country.
I take photos of homes and then draw them in pen and ink and top with watercolor. Most are 16x20.
April 17th 6:30-9:30 Reception and Meet the Artists!
April 18th 11-3
Show open April 5th - 30th Thursday’s 6:30-9 and Saturday’s 11-3
Always available for appointment!!!
James is one of Monroe County’s gems always active in the Monroe County Art Community, he is currently the president of the Monroe County Art League. Around Monroe he is best known for his streetscapes of Monroe, his Jazz Painting at the River Raisin Jazz Festival, and Painting during the River Raisin Jazz Series in Downtown Monroe.
James also has many works hanging at the Hotel Sterling in Downtown Monroe. If you drive down Front Street you can see one of his larger pieces hanging in their lobby, it is a beautiful seen of birch trees.
James describes his work as, ”I like to think that my paintings are like a conversation among friends; hopefully pleasant and not too strident conversation”.
His work is exciting, and does draw the viewer in with bright colors and loose forms, yet his pieces bring a sense of relaxation even through the use of bright colors and strong lines. His work may fit into a few styles but possibly the best description is Abstract Folk Art.
James’ colors are usually bright, and his style of painting is very loos, he loves to paint with a pallet knife. Many of his pieces are of local scenery, his pets, local music, streetscapes, and occasionally of farm animals. I personally own his Goat Painting!
He studied art and art history at The Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, The University of West Alabama in Livingston, Alabama (where he grew up), and The University of South Carolina, not graduating from any of them before joining the army in 1969.
James major artistic (and other) influence has been his father, William Tidwell, who was a student of the precisionist painter Ralston Crawford and retired as the head of the art department at Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina.
Abstract is defined as a style of painting where color and form (and sometimes the materials and support) make up the subject of the painting rather than it representing tangible objects or people. An abstracted painting is one in which the subject is simplified or reduced to its essential forms, but where the viewer can 'interpret' it as having been derived from something 'real'.
Folk art attributes are highly decorative design, bright bold colors, flattened perspective, strong forms in simple arrangements, and immediacy of meaning.
Friday January 30th 6:30-9:30 Opening Reception
Saturday January 31st 12-6
Come out to the AIE for some refreshments and view the work of paper artist Mary Gaynier. Mary makes amazingly detailed snowflakes, when first viewing her work you see a beautiful elegant snowflake. But when you look closer you see amazing detail, she actually has images and stories in each snowflake. It is truly amazing. Mary’s show is a stunning show to see with your girlfriends, out for a date night or bring the kids in, they will be amazed! Mary will also be teaching a class so you can make your own snowflake, you can register on our class page. Spaces are sure to fill up quickly we have a limited number of spaces available so make sure you sing up soon!!
And don't forget that the Public House will be offering a special to all of our vititors, a free glass of house wine with the purchase of a dinner when you bring in our postcard!! The Public House has wonderful artisan foods, made fresh daily!
For the December Gallery Weekend we will be having a culmination of artists who have showed this year, and our teachers! So if you didn’t make it to one of our Gallery Weekends or you did but didn’t buy the piece you wanted, or someone on your Christmas List didn’t buy that piece they wanted you will want to come out to the AIE for our Christmas Show!!
Our Opening Reception will be Friday December 12th 5-10pm We will be featuring the works of
David Larkins, Betzi Pipis, Emily Short, Gary Wilson, Susan Semenick, Mary Gainor, Becca Cochran and Christy LaRoy
Retail Hours will be
Saturday December 13th 11-5
Friday December 19th 5-9
Saturday December 20th 11-5
Sunday December 21st 1-5
We hope this gives you the opportunity to buy your loved ones thoughtful Christmas Presents. Original Artwork is made out of passion, dedication, years of practice, and love for the craft. And all of that shows in the work, especially with our artists we have had this year!
So far this year we have seen great inspiration on what the AIE will become in the future. Our space has been full of smiles and laughter as we have held classes for Adults and Children, and while we started some community projects!
We have seen some amazing art displayed on our Gallery Wall, which gives the opportunity for our featured artists to be showcased in a professional exhibit. This brings more appreciation for our artists in our community, and helps the artists to bring their professional carrier to a new level. But what it has also done is bring a touch of sophisticated culture to people in our own community. We have had many wonderful people who regularly support the arts come into the AIE and bring support financially and physically through uplifting encouragement and volunteering. But we have also had visitors who don’t have the ability to travel out of town to see art. We have had people come into the space who have never left Monroe, and have only dreamed of visiting an art museum or fine gallery. We have had young artists beg their parents to take them to the Art Exhibit because sports or dance isn’t their thing, they love art and need a local space to flourish their passion!
So we are so thankful to all of our Artists who have displayed their work or taught classes or held lectures and shared their passions and talents with our community! And we are so thankful to all the people who have visited the AIE and Centered Studio, took classes, attended the Gallery Weekends, bought Art, or attended lectures!!! We can see the AIE is already growing, and will someday be something great in our community!
Thank you to all of you!
Susan is an award winning artist who has been featured in the Watercolor Magazine and has many other awards and notability for her beautiful watercolors. Susan creates beautiful portraits and landscapes. For her show at the AIE we are going to highlight her landscapes, but she will have a portrait or two she has painted of homeless people who are from Adrian, MI. Her landscapes are painted on a unique paper imported from India. Her colors are eye catching and peaceful, you may have seen her work at our Downtown Monroe Fine Art Fair. Susan will also hold a lecture and a workshop.
Susan’s philosophy on her work, I find contentment in watercolor and try to reflect life’s connectivity and continuity in my artwork. I have a love affair with portraiture and figure. I explore the play of light and shadow on facial expressions. I prefer to paint confident, poised people at ease in their surroundings. I see a variety of colors in faces that suggest the nuances of reflection.
In non portrait works, I strive to give a fleeting glimpse of the subject allowing the flow of paint to dictate the direction of the composition. This allows the observer to complete these images with lost edges.
The story behind the paper
“a private man without wealth, without property, without official title or office. Mahatma Gandhi was neither a commander of great armies nor ruler of vast lands. He could boast no scientific achievements or artistic gifts. In the words of General George C. Marshall, the American Secretary of State, ‘Mahatma Gandhi had become the spokesman for the conscience of mankind, a man who made humility and simple truth more powerful than empires.’ And Albert Einstein added, ‘Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.’” Mohandas (Mahatma, “Great Soul”) Ghandi led his country to freedom without lifting a hand against his fellow man. The tyrannical British rule was demoralizing and demeaning to the Indian people. While the British bludgeoned and murdered his people, Ghandi broke them with quiet resolve. One of his most brilliant moves was to begin making the Indian Khadi fabric in India instead of importing it from Britain. This almost broke the British economy. He also had the garment factories take the discarded rags and make them into watercolor papers. Today, the Khadi paper is a unique blend of 100% cotton rag fibers. This is exclusively hand made paper. The papers are not sized. The surfaces vary from area to area rendering the paint in unpredictable ways. The papers in this exhibit have been directly imported from southern India. The paper is naturally wavy and uneven. As an artist, I want to preserve the unique characteristics of this paper by not placing it under glass and allowing the viewer, not only to see the painting directly, but to actually touch this most unique paper.